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April 2017
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Anson Wright & Tim Gilson

April 5 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
AC Hotel,
888 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
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Jazz guitarist, composer, novelist, poet, educator, and activist Anson Wright is often called a Renaissance man. An honors graduate of Princeton, Anson left academia to pursue both a music and literary career. He has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including India, as both a soloist and band leader. Anson’s playing has been lauded as combining “unbridled passion and elegant restraint.” Tim Gilson has been a mainstay in the Northwest for many years. In 1985 Tim was the bassist with the award winning Mel Brown Septet. In addition to a busy teaching schedule, Tim performs regularly with Mel Brown and Jof Lee, and he frequently substitutes with the Oregon Symphony. http://www.ansonwright.com

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Kerry Politzer & Idit Shner

April 6 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
AC Hotel,
888 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
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Pianist Kerry Politzer and saxophonist Idit Shner play a variety of original jazz compositions as well as some Brazilian jazz favorites. The classically trained Shner has performed throughout the United States and Israel. She currently performs with her quartet in Portland and Eugene at the same time that she serves as an associate professor of saxophone and jazz studies at the University of Oregon. The saxophonist’s three recordings, which run the gamut from contemporary classical music to traditional Israeli themes, have been praised by such publications as The Washington Post. Politzer is a member of the jazz faculty at Portland State University. A Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble artist, she released her latest album, Below the Surface (PJCE Records), in 2014. Before moving to Portland, the pianist lived in New York, during which time she fell in love with the music of Brazil. Politzer’s love of the idiom informs many of…

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$25 - $55

Dave Holland Trio

April 7 | 8:00 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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Dave Holland is a bassist, composer and bandleader whose passion for musical expression of all styles, and dedication to creating consistently innovative music ensembles have propelled a professional career of more than 50 years, and earned him top honors in his field including multiple Grammy awards and the title of NEA Jazz Master in 2017. Holland first rose to prominence in groundbreaking groups led by such legends as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Sam Rivers, Betty Carter, and Anthony Braxton—as well as collaborations with the likes of Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette, and John McLaughlin. Fittingly, he is today more celebrated for the bands that he continues to assemble, record and perform with—ensembles which range from duos and trios to big bands, and often feature musicians like Steve Coleman, Robin and Kevin Eubanks, Jason Moran, Chris Potter, Eric Harland, among many others who were bound for their own headline status. Holland’s natural…

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$20 - $25

Black Swan Classic Jazz Band

April 20 | 7:30 pm
Mission Theater,
1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, 97209
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Black Swan Classic Jazz Band is an entertaining, artistic group that loves performing hot jazz, ragtime and old-time gospel with a distinctive, original flair. Formed in early 1989 by leader Kit Johnson as a hot dance band dedicated to the preservation and performance of early jazz styles, Black Swan expanded its repertoire to include ragtime with the addition of pianist John Bennett in 1992, and to include blues and old-time gospel when elegant vocalist Marilyn Keller joined the fray in 1997. Black Swan has performed for numerous jazz societies, festivals, performing arts groups, and community events in Oregon, Montana, Arizona, Washington, Missouri, Iowa, California, the Caribbean, Alaska and British Columbia. Their book features nearly 400 selections, most of which were arranged by Kit, John and clarinetist Steve Matthes. The rhythm section is anchored by banjo/vocalist Alan Phillips and drummer Ron Leach. Rounding out the front line is Don Stone on…

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$25 - $30

Helen Sung Quartet (Early Show)

April 27 | 7:00 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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Pianist/composer Helen Sung hails from Houston, TX. An aspiring classical pianist before jazz intervened during undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Sung went on to graduate from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition. Now based in New York City, Sung has worked with a “Who’s Who” in Jazz, including the late Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding and Regina Carter. With five albums as leader, Sung’s sixth and newest release Anthem For A New Day (Concord Jazz) topped jazz radio charts and garnered a SESAC Performance Activity Award. With appearances at major festivals/venues including Newport, Monterey, Detroit, SFJAZZ, and Carnegie Hall, Sung is also stepping onto the international stage with tours of southern Africa, Europe, UK, China and Mexico. Sung also currently performs with fine ensembles such as the…

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$20 - $25

Helen Sung Quartet (Late Show)

April 27 | 9:30 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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Pianist/composer Helen Sung hails from Houston, TX. An aspiring classical pianist before jazz intervened during undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Sung went on to graduate from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition. Now based in New York City, Sung has worked with a “Who’s Who” in Jazz, including the late Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, and Regina Carter. With five albums as leader, Sung’s sixth and newest release Anthem For A New Day (Concord Jazz) topped jazz radio charts and garnered a SESAC Performance Activity Award. With appearances at major festivals/venues including Newport, Monterey, Detroit, SFJAZZ, and Carnegie Hall, Sung is also stepping onto the international stage with tours of southern Africa, Europe, UK, China and Mexico. Sung also currently performs with fine ensembles such as the Mingus Big…

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International Jazz Day Celebration

April 30 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Portland Art Museum’s Whitsett Auditorium,
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, 97205
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The Incredible Journey of Jazz is a music program designed for youth in Portland that tells the story of jazz music, one of America’s treasured contributions to world culture. Through live performance, they learn about the roots of jazz from African music and its culture, its development in the United States, and current place in modern culture. In celebration of International Jazz Day, the IJOJ Ensemble will give a performance for attendees of all ages at the Portland Art Museum’s Whitsett Auditorium from 1-2pm. In addition, at 3pm pianist Darrell Grant and his chamber jazz quartet MJ New will be performing a program entitled “The Sound of Identity” inspired by the “Constructing Identity: Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art” exhibition on display at the Portland Art Museum.  “The Sound of Identity” seeks to highlight the connections between the visual and musical arts through pairing compositions by historic African-American jazz artists with selected works…

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May 2017
$25 - $30

Gerald Clayton Trio

May 3 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Gerald Clayton is a four-time GRAMMY®-nominated pianist/composer who formally began his musical journey at the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where he received the 2002 Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award. Continuing his scholarly pursuits, he studied piano with both Billy Childs at USC and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron at The Manhattan School of Music, leading Clayton to subsequently take second place in the 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Piano Competition. His music is a celebration of the inherent differences in musical perspectives that promote true artistic synergy that have led him to perform and record with Diana Krall, Charles Lloyd, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Ravi Coltrane, Terence Blanchard, Ambrose Akinmusire, Kendrick Scott, John Scofield, Terri Lyne Carrington, Avishai Cohen and many others. Clayton’s discography on Verve and Concord Records as a leader is a reflection of his search for honest expression in every…

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$30 - $35

Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro

May 4 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Israeli-born clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen has been the winner of nine consecutive Jazz Journalist Association awards for Clarinetist of the Year, multiple DownBeat Critics and Readers Polls, and a wealth of other accolades. An established bandleader and prolific composer, Cohen’s music is a unique blend of modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles. Anat has toured the world with her quartet, headlining at the Newport, Umbria, SF Jazz and North Sea jazz festivals. Over the past couple of years, Cohen has become a hit with Portland jazz fanatics, and for this appearance she will be collaborating with Trio Brasileiro in what promises to be an amalgamation of jazz and the traditional choro music of Brazil. “What’s not to love about a young clarinetist and saxophonist who plays everything we love—modern jazz, world music, “hot” New Orleans style jazz—and does…

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$35 - $45

Eliane Elias Quartet

May 9 | 7:30 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Grammy®-winning pianist/singer/songwriter Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots and sensuous, alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. With 26 albums to date demonstrating her unique gifts as a pianist, singer, composer, arranger, and producer as well as melding her immense talents in jazz, pop, classical and Brazilian music, Elias has sold over 2 million albums during the span of her career, including her 2015 Grammy Award® winning Made In Brazil for Best Latin Jazz Album. With her 7 previous Grammy Award® nominations, four time “Gold Disc Award” receptions, three time winner of “Best Vocal Album” in Japan, #1 artist in sales and radio in France, all of her recordings reaching top five on USA jazz radio charts and Billboard Jazz Charts, and several reaching #1 on iTunes and Amazon.com among other accolades, Eliane Elias has taken her place in…

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$25 - $30

Billy Childs Quartet

May 24 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Billy Childs is a multi-time Grammy® Award-winning pianist, arranger, producer and composer from Los Angeles. At the age of 16, he started attending USC’s prestigious Community School of the Performing Arts and began his performing career as a teenager with the J.J. Johnson Quintet. Subsequently, Childs spent six years as a key member of Freddie Hubbard’s group before embarking on a wildly successful solo career that has included dozens of commissions, grants, awards and countless accolades.  During the course of his career, Childs has performed and/or collaborated with Sting, Diane Reeves, Chick Corea, The Kronos Quartet, Wynton Marsalis, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Botti, Michael Bublé and more. Over the years, Childs has continued to develop his own voice as both a pianist and a composer in jazz and classical music. He will be touring in support of his newest album, Rebirth, to be released on March 24, 2017 on the…

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June 2017
$30 - $35

Joe Lovano Classic Quartet (Early Show)

June 8 | 7:00 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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The burly tone of Grammy® Award-winning multi-reedist Joe Lovano is one of the most recognizable sounds in modern jazz. As a decorated sideman, he’s been heard with everyone from Woody Herman, Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Mel Lewis Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Dr. Lonnie Smith and countless others. But most notably he’s been recognized as a high profile collaborator from the Saxophone Summit, to a trio with Paul Motion and Bill Frisell, and projects with Hank Jones, Esperanza Spalding and Elvin Jones. However, his role as a leader since signing with Blue Note in 1991 has been remarkable with virtually every album being a singular and fresh statement even after almost two dozen releases with the legendary label.  In 2014 Lovano won awards for Multi-reeds Player and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from DownBeat Magazine. He was last heard in Portland at…

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$30 - $35

Joe Lovano Classic Quartet (Late Show)

June 8 | 9:30 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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The burly tone of Grammy® Award-winning multi-reedist Joe Lovano is one of the most recognizable sounds in modern jazz. As a decorated sideman, he’s been heard with everyone from Woody Herman, Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Mel Lewis Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Dr. Lonnie Smith and countless others. But most notably he’s been recognized as a high profile collaborator from the Saxophone Summit, to a trio with Paul Motion and Bill Frisell, and projects with Hank Jones, Esperanza Spalding and Elvin Jones. However, his role as a leader since signing with Blue Note in 1991 has been remarkable with virtually every album being a singular and fresh statement even after almost two dozen releases with the legendary label.  In 2014 Lovano won awards for Multi-reeds Player and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from DownBeat Magazine. He was last heard in Portland at…

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$25 - $35

Donny McCaslin Group

June 16 | 8:00 pm
Mission Theater,
1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, 97209
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Donny McCaslin is a celebrated and Grammy® Award-nominated saxophonist and composer from Santa Clara, California. As a child he joined his father’s band at the age of 12, and as a teenager he made his debut at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival before embarking on tours of Europe and Japan. Subsequently, McCaslin received a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, and in 1991 he moved to New York City which led him to performing with the Gil Evans Orchestra, Maria Schneider, John Medeski, Uri Craine, Antonio Sanchez , Dave Douglas and many others before becoming a bandleader in his own right with 11 albums to date under his name. After moving his music in a more electric direction in the 2000’s, McCaslin began collaborating with David Bowie in 2014, which later led McCaslin to become Bowie’s saxophonist for the rock icon’s 2016 album, Blackstar. In honor of his passing,…

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$20 - $25

Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet

June 17 | 8:00 pm
Mission Theater,
1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, 97209
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Born and raised in Oakland, California, trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire was a member of the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble when he caught the attention of saxophonist Steve Coleman. Akinmusire was asked to join Coleman’s Five Elements, embarking on a European tour when he was just a 19-year-old student at the Manhattan School of Music. After returning to the West Coast to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Southern California, Akinmusire went on to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles, where he studied with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard. In 2007 Akinmusire won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and released his debut album Prelude…To Cora on the Fresh Sound label later that year. He subsequently moved back to New York and began performing with Vijay Iyer, Aaron Parks, Esperanza Spalding and Jason Moran. Akinmusire was then signed to the…

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July 2017
$22 - $27

Manuel Valera Trio (Early Show)

July 15 | 7:00 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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Based in New York City, Grammy nominated artist, pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Since arriving in NYC, he has garnered national reviews and has led to collaborations with Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Antonio Sanchez, John Patitucci, Bill Stewart, Ben Street and many others. Valera is also the leader of his Grammy®-nominated band Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express, a project deeply influenced by the experiments of Cuban artists from the 70s and 80s that mixes elements of jazz, R&B, Latin Jazz and funk. In addition, he has been awarded several grants for composition including the prestigious Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works plus he has been the recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. Manuel has traveled the world performing in over 30 countries at some of the biggest jazz venues and festivals. Valera will be touring in support of his…

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$22 - $27

Manuel Valera Trio (Late Show)

July 15 | 9:30 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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Based in New York City, Grammy nominated artist, pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Since arriving in NYC, he has garnered national reviews and has led to collaborations with Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Antonio Sanchez, John Patitucci, Bill Stewart, Ben Street and many others. Valera is also the leader of his Grammy®-nominated band Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express, a project deeply influenced by the experiments of Cuban artists from the 70s and 80s that mixes elements of jazz, R&B, Latin Jazz and funk. In addition, he has been awarded several grants for composition including the prestigious Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works plus he has been the recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. Manuel has traveled the world performing in over 30 countries at some of the biggest jazz venues and festivals. Valera will be touring in support of his…

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December 2017
$40 - $75

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension + Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip

December 6 | 8:00 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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In a career that spans over five decades, John McLaughlin, one of music’s most influential and prolific guitarists, composers, and bandleaders, will begin his farewell U.S. tour on November 1 in Buffalo, NY. McLaughlin will be joined by Jimmy Herring, who has been in the creative forefront of the American rock-jam movement for 25 years. The Meeting of the Spirits tour will hit 23 cities before ending in Los Angeles on December 9. Highlighting this musical adventure will be John McLaughlin revisiting the pioneering music he introduced with his genre-defying Mahavishnu Orchestra. In addition, McLaughlin is expected to release a new album just before the tour launches. More details to be announced. McLaughlin’s first extensive U.S. tour in seven years, The Meeting of the Spirits also marks his first extended exploration of the Mahavishnu Orchestra material from seminal albums such as Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire, Between Nothingness and…

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